march 20, 2014
A South Florida man convicted of killing two women by beating them with a hammer and setting them on fire during a robbery has been executed.
Robert L. Henry was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after a lethal injection at the Florida State Prison.
He was convicted of the Nov. 2, 1987, murders of Phyllis Harris, 53, and Janet Thermidor, 35, his co-workers at Cloth World in Deerfield Beach.
Henry at first told authorities the crime was committed by an unknown assailant. But Thermidor lived for hours after being attacked and identified Henry to investigators.
Authorities said Henry stole $1,269 from the fabric store.
Robert Lavern Henry, who viciously beat and burned his co-workers in order to steal $1,269.26, was put to death by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison.
Janet Cox Thermidor, 35, and Phyllis Harris, 53, lost their lives in the sadistic crime more than 26 years ago.
Minutes before he died, Henry apologized, then philosophized against the death penalty.
“Hopefully, in the not-so-distant future, this society shall truly evolve in its law and practice, in that if we are not a society who are comfortable with castrating and raping a rapist, and we do not chop off the hands of thieves,” he read from a statement, “well then, why would we continue to be murderers to those who have murdered?”
He went on as the family members of those he killed sat feet away, watching through a wide window.